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||Mushroom Model Publications Orange
Fiat CR.42 Falco
by Przemysław Skulski
A5+ format; 144 pages plus covers
in the UK and Europe
GBP £13.00 from Mushroom Model Publications
in the USA
USD$20.96 available online from Squadron.com
General arrangement drawings in both 1/72
and 1/48 scales, excellent selection of “walk-around” photographs,
Reviewed by Rob
"Fiat CR.42 Falco"
is available online from Squadron
The latest addition to MMP’s “Orange” series is the story
of the Fiat CR.42.
This book is presented in 144 pages in a size that is slightly larger than A5
and a lot of information is contained within the soft card covers.
The first chapter revolves around the aircraft’s development history. Here we
see the different variants explained which are also backed up with scale
drawings. These are done in 1/72 but a “lift-out” provides the modeller with
equivalents in the larger 1/48 scale.
The “Falco” started with the Regia Aeronautica and this heads a section that
describes the biplane’s service with a number of different users. Apart from
Italy, we see the Belgian, Swedish and Hungarian air forces also discussed,
along with a couple of pages allowing for Allied and Luftwaffe use.
One of the highlights of the book is the “walk around”. A number of preserved
examples from Sweden, Italy and the UK are used for this photographic feast.
There are plenty of close-ups from all aspects of the CR.42, including the
obligatory detailed shots of the cockpit and engine.
Punctuated amongst these are reproductions from the aircraft’s spare parts
manual. This gives the reader an excellent opportunity to get a better
understanding of the subject.
The aforementioned artwork encompasses 32 aircraft with many having added views
to further enlighten the reader. These are done by Artur Juszczak and his work
is superb. He illustrates the main colours and markings worn by all users of
this biplane, including a captured example found in Allied hands.
This book is a great “one stop shop” for information on the
With over 115 close-up images and another 13 from the workshop manual, modellers
should have no trouble adding extra detail to their kit. The colour profiles
should inspire the builder to try one of the more complicated camouflage schemes
and add a touch of the unusual to their collection.
Thanks to Mushroom Model Publications for the
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
This Page Created on 15 May, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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